Greetings from in situ studio!
With the destruction of the tornado has come the opportunity to help our community. Now that most of the debris has been cleared, we are collaborating with architecture faculty and students of the College of Design and members of the Triangle chapter of YAF to see how we can help those devastated by the storm in the historic King Charles neighborhood.
We also have a couple of exciting events on the horizon and updates on our projects to share in this month's newsletter. As always, thank for your continuing support. Enjoy!
Lemonade International and Reparando
One of our community partners, Lemonade International, will be screening the documentary Reparando in Raleigh tomorrow. We are proud sponsors of this event and hope you can attend.
Lemonade International is a local nonprofit organization striving to help the community of La Limonada in Guatemala City. They have helped children there with education, shelter, and care. We are strong supporters of Bill Cummings and the rest of the Lemonade International crew, and have started discussions about designing a prototype housing solution for this community in need.
Reparando follows the lives of the people in La Limonada as they are repairing their community. Support Lemonade International and the community in Guatemala City by joining us tomorrow, 05 05 11, at the Rialto Theater in Raleigh at 7pm. Purchase tickets and learn more here.
On the House Happy Hour
It's spring time and we have settled nicely into our studio space. We share the space with Axiom Environmental & Axiom Green Build who just built a large table we designed for our shared conference room. Their next project is installing solar panels on our roof, can't wait!
You can meet our entire crew and see the office at the inaugural On the House Happy Hour organized by Triangle Modernist Houses. Please join us at our studio at 6:00pm on 05 25 11 for snacks, drinks, architecture, conversation, and fun! RSVP here.
This event will also be opening night for an ongoing exhibition at our studio by City Fabric, a local startup encouraging urban thinking through informative graphic maps.
Graham Pobiner Residence
With the economic downturn, people have become more intelligent with the use of resources as well as more interested in quality design. We promote renovations as a thoughtful approach to sustainability.
We started this project by doing a feasibility study of an existing 1950's residence and working with a contractor to estimate the cost of charges proposed. This gave our clients the confidence to purchase the house with a future budget in mind.
The existing house is located within Raleigh's inner-beltline on a surprisingly large, wooded site. The renovation and addition include opening the exterior walls with more windows, extending a large screened porch, performing a complete interior renovation, and adding a second level. The property slopes down to the north, providing a wonderful quality of light to the living spaces. With existing 3' deep eaves, the spaces will be well-protected from the harsh summer sun. We're excited how our minimal changes to the building footprint will substantially increase the value of the house!
The Goodman Residence is progressing steadily and entering the construction phase! Just yesterday, we met on-site with Anchorage Building Corporation and the Goodmans to make final siting adjustments.
Precast concrete panel fabrication for the exterior walls should start in the next two weeks. This is our first time working with Ideal Precast of Durham, and we're excited about the high insulation value of the concrete (R45!). The panels are structural, provide insulation, and act as a moisture barrier all in one. Our first ground-up house is almost underway!
Working In Our Community
Congratulations to all the winners of the AIA Triangle Design Awards. We were especially proud of Jayne Goethe and Jason (Jay) Kelly, two of Matt's former students who received the 2011 AIA Triangle Scholarships. We were also excited that the JC Raultson Arboretum Lath House received a merit award; this was one of the last projects Erin worked on at Frank Harmon Architect, PA. See all entries and award winners here.
This past month, we attended a PechaKucha Night, where Erin spoke about YAF Triangle's bus bench initiative, Have a Seat. Erin was also a juror for the City of Raleigh Environmental Awards Program, which announced the 2011 winners a couple of weeks ago. We were also quite entertained by Erin's cartoon accompanying her article in this month's Architect Magazine.
Matt was featured in Triangle Modernist Houses's "What I've Learned" series this month. See the article here. Next week Matt is excited to be a guest critic on final reviews at The University of Virginia. He will also be attending the AIA National Convention. If you are also attending, let us know. He'd love to see you there.
Please contact us if there is anyway we can help you.
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